2 -Panel splint is 6″ – 8″ in height
2 -Panel splint is 6″ – 8″ in height
Splinting will bring two sides of the separated abdominal wall together, placing the connective tissue in a lax position to speed up healing. The Tummy Team has been reversing diastasis recti for years and believes the comprehensive approach of splinting alongside a rehab program will bring the best results. Our programs include postural retraining, strengthening, and alignment to help heal diastasis recti. While splinting alone will not heal a diastasis or rebuild your core, splinting plays an essential role in the process and can make a big difference in your recovery.
You do not need to have diastasis recti to benefit from abdominal rehab splinting. The abdominal splint acts as a pair of training wheels for a weak and disconnected core, offering assistance until your postural muscles are strong enough to hold you up effectively throughout the day. The splint provides the sensory feedback to help you understand how your core should function. Splinting without rehab, or splinting for months at a time, is not recommended for optimal healing.
Splinting can be an essential part of healing and restoring your core muscles. However, most people don’t realize that abdominal splinting alone will not rehabilitate your core. In some cases, the incorrect and/or long-term use of a splint can make matters worse. The splint is designed to be a temporary transverse muscle during the process of rehabilitation so that you can wean from the splint and ultimately have a strong, rehabilitated core. The Tummy Team offers several online programs that take you through a step-by-step process of restoring your core so you can live a core-strong lifestyle. This is always the ultimate goal of splinting.
Many professionals think splinting too tight, for too long and without rehab can lead to muscle atrophy, disconnect, and dependence on the splint.
Consider abdominal splinting as you would consider using a wrap on a sprained ankle. If wrapped too tight, left on for too long, and if the muscles were never trained for walking, then it would be ineffective. But when used properly – with the right amount of support for an intentional amount of time and while encouraging the client to safely use the ankle – it can be a very effective way to assist the rehab process.
The Tummy Team uses Abdominal Rehab Splints with 90% of our functional core rehab clients as a portion of the rehab process. If your care provider has concerns, please encourage them to look at the information provided on our website for professionals.
Always consult with your surgeon regarding their timing for splinting. Generally, as long as there is no drain or infection, clients are safe to splint immediately after the procedure. We recommend always wearing a layer under the splint against the skin. While fastening the splint, be sure to exhale and engage to be sure the splint is snug like a hug around your tummy. Gentle steady pressure often feels supportive. If you have any hypersensitivity to the area, start to address that by placing gentle counter pressure along the incision for a few minutes several times a day to help the nerves calm down. Always listen to your body. If splinting ever makes you feel worse, take a break.
Splinting without the guidance of a Core Rehabilitation Specialist (or one of our online programs) is not recommended.
In most clients, we recommend abdominal splinting for most of your waking hours, every day for at least the first few weeks. It takes time to build up the tolerance for a splint while learning to engage and elongate your core, so give yourself time to get used to the splint during the first week. Remember that splinting is only a portion of core rehabilitation. How you hold yourself while splinting is key to your recovery. Focus consistently on slightly drawing your navel in away from the splint; don’t rest into the splint.
The Tummy Team recommends clients splint consistently during their waking hours for the first 2-4 weeks of your rehab program, depending on the severity of your weakness. During our program, we will guide you in the process of weaning from your splint while encouraging you to use your transverse muscle more and more. Remember that the splint is meant to be temporary and helps place the muscles in proper alignment for rehabilitation. The transverse work you perform through exercise, posture and alignment, and functional activities is truly how the muscles heal and rebuild.
Some clients who have a very severe diastasis may want to continue wearing it at night during their rehab process. If you have any kind of pain at night that is keeping you awake or pain first thing in the morning, then splinting at night can be very beneficial. However, sleep is a very important part of healing so if the splint doesn’t help you sleep, then don’t wear it. Remember, splinting is only part of the rehab process.
If you are enrolled in an online rehab program, we will demonstrate this to you in the first set of videos. Otherwise, here are some instructions.
Yes. However, over-washing will compromise the velcro and lead to the splint being ineffective. Keep laundering to a minimum by wearing the splint over a camisole, undershirt, or bellyband.
To launder, connect the splint by its velcro closure, hand wash, and then machine dry on low.
Yes. However, it is important to wear the splint exactly as directed: wear it a bit lower, and scoop up and under the lower belly when applying the splint. (This is demonstrated in the “Fitting Yourself for an Abdominal Splint” video here). Splinting should always make your symptoms better not worse. If you are feeling increased pelvic pressure when splinting, stop and review the instructions, or contact us for an eSession. Splinting is always recommended in coordination with one of our rehab programs.
Outside of the United States, most cultures choose to splint, or “bind,” the belly after delivery. We believe it helps to reconnect and protect the stretched-out abdominal muscles. And because new mothers are generally more focused on caring for their newborns than tending to their tummies, a splint works wonders without much extra effort.
Splinting immediately after delivery as well as the first few weeks postpartum can help with healing, reconnecting to your core, back pain, and even postpartum depression. For best results, we recommend using a splint in conjunction with our Core Foundations Rehab Program.
We don’t usually splint during the first trimester. It is the most beneficial during the second or third trimester when there are more demands on your body. Here are our general guidelines:
Keep in mind that splinting should always make you feel better, not worse. Never power through pain or ignore what your body is telling you. If you are ever feeling overheated, crampy, nauseous, or anything else, then take a break from the splint.
An abdominal rehab splint wraps around to support your corset and your transverse abdominis. It can help reverse your diastasis recti during pregnancy by bringing the two sides of the separated abdominal wall together, placing the connective tissue in a lax position to speed up healing.
We recommend splinting if you have significant diastasis recti (3 fingers and deep, or more). If you have a severe diastasis, your abdominal wall is not strong enough to support your growing uterus without complications like a hernia. The splint will help protect your tummy from further damage.
The splint can also help reinforce the corset muscle which can help alleviate back pain, hip pain, pregnancy-related abdominal pain, sciatica, SI joint instability, and much more.
Abdominal splinting is highly encouraged to support optimal fetal alignment. When your core is strong and working as intended to support a growing uterus, it places your baby in optimal alignment – head down and aligned vertically with the cervix and birth canal. However, if your core is functionally weak, then the splint can help pull the baby up and in, placing the baby in better alignment. This position puts the least amount of unbalanced stress on mom’s body during pregnancy, alleviating common pain symptoms. But optimal fetal alignment also sets the stage to place effective pressure on the cervix to stimulate and intensify contractions, therefore steadily progressing labor.
Wearing a splint even during contractions and the pushing phase of labor will help keep the baby in optimal alignment and helps you coordinate the necessary muscles to effectively push the baby out.
Yes. The splint will help pull the baby up and in which puts the womb in a tight position. However, this won’t give a baby in a poor alignment room to flip and turn later in pregnancy. So if you are late in your 3rd trimester and know your baby is not in optimal alignment, take a break from the splint and give the baby time to move. Once the baby is flipped and head down, then splinting can help keep the baby in the right alignment leading up to labor.
A splint is a great addition or alternative to an SI belt (a belt that helps stabilize a hypermobile pelvic bone). However, SI belts are not very comfortable during sitting or some movements. The abdominal rehab splint will support the pelvis in a very similar way, but is much more comfortable and flexible during movement.
Maternity support belts are not recommended because they don’t support the abdominal muscles well and require you to rest into the belt to get any support. Instead, an abdominal rehab splint will reinforce what your muscles are meant to do and will promote optimal alignment.
If you ordered a splint and it does not fit as expected, or you changed your mind, you may return or exchange it so long as it does not show signs of wear, and is in resalable condition.
The benefit to our abdominal rehab splints is that they were designed with rehab in mind. They are comfortable and supportive without being restrictive. If you choose to shop elsewhere for an abdominal splint, here is our recommendation.
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Yes! Whether you have diastasis recti or a poorly functioning core, our program can help you. Our comprehensive programs address pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic back pain, hernias, digestive issues, and so much more.
Explore the What We Do section of the website to learn how we can help with other symptoms.
At this time, medical insurance companies do not cover online services. However, many FSA/HSA accounts will reimburse the cost of your program. Please verify that your plan will allow reimbursement. You can contact us for supporting documentation to provide to your insurance provider by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refunds are not given for online programs. We stand behind the effectiveness of our programs, but as with all physical therapy, the effectiveness is in part determined by the client’s application and integration of the content provided in the programs.
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We set aside a number of partial grants for clients who are in financial and physical need. We offer these on a case by case basis and determine the cost of the program or splint based on the specific situation of each client. If you feel you might qualify for a partial grant, please reach out to our staff at email@example.com.